"... The true aim of our
Christian life consists in the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God.
As for fasts, and vigils, and prayer, and almsgiving, and every good
deed done for Christ's sake, they are only means of acquiring the Holy
Spirit of God. But mark, my son, only the good deed done for Christ's
sake brings us the fruits of the Holy Spirit..."
conversation of St. Seraphim with N.A.Motoviliv)